Holding Space

You can always tell who the strong women are. They are the ones you see building one another up, instead of tearing each other down.”

GRATEFUL for all the strong and inspiring women who have held space for us, encouraged us, and walked us through times when it would have been easier to go it alone. Instead of competing, they inspired us to expand our hearts and field of vision.

LOVING slow Sunday afternoons with my lapis lazuli x rutilated quartz gemstone elixirs which I’ve been drinking for the past several days.

LISTENING to these sublime tracks that just give my soul so much rest.

CURRENTLY BURNING Nightshade, our new blend made of the most gorgeous organic lavender, patchouli and other proprietary essential oils. I’ve been burning this for over a year, and use it primarily when super jetlagged or when I’m over-tired and yet can’t seem to stop that internal chatter & turn down. I liken it to the comforting deep voice of a father or loved one telling you, “Right. Time for bed, you.”

x Alli

Caim

If you ever get the chance to treat them the way they treated you, no matter how painful it was, I hope that you choose to walk away and do better.”

 – Nawja Zebian

If there’s one thing that has been proven time and again, at least in my life, is that whatever you put out there comes back to you both good and bad.

Sometimes you’re the toxic one. The jealous one. The manic and bitter one. And sometimes, you’re on the receiving end of someone else’s bad day. You’re part of whatever distorted reality they’ve projected out of their own deep fears and insecurities.

My only honest-to-God reaction (as it was recently) was, I send you peace. I send you light.

Unlike other times, I gave myself a deadline to get over it because I’ve learned that you simply can’t carry other people’s warped opinions and projections of you around. That’s your opinion, but it isn’t my reality. And so, I simply reject what I need to for my own wellbeing, creativity, and lightness of being. Because, who wants another burden?

I let myself feel whatever I needed to feel: accused for no reason, a bit indignant, definitely a lot of pity for that person, but I definitely told myself I’d be over it by lunch. And I was.  I called down a spiritual caim around myself, a caim in the form of a prayer, fried chicken, beauty shopping, and a really good laugh with friends.

You must be in a lot of pain to judge me (ergo yourself) in this way. My heart goes out to you.

Life’s funny in that we always get to walk in the other person’s shoes eventually. Judge you today, understand you tomorrow. So, I know you’ll understand sooner or later.

Until then, I pray for peace and light for you. “I’m no longer on bad terms with anyone. I’m declaring it. Judge me by yourself. Good luck with the hating. I wish you the best.” 

There is nothing more classy or powerful than showing forgiveness and grace to someone who does not deserve it.”

Peace, Please

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.”

― G.K. Chesterton

We’ll be taking a little break over the New Year to realign our thoughts, dream new dreams, and perhaps even press delete on ideas that aren’t really working out for us. You can count us to be back at the store & ready to ship orders from 9 January 2017.

Greatest lessons learnt in 2016:

  • Where you see is where you go
  • “Don’t do what makes you happy. Do what makes you great” – Charlie Day
  • Your thoughts and attitudes shape your health. All those unresolved feelings of anger, hurt, envy, unforgiveness, fear, guilt, heartbreak… they do nothing but turn inwards and hurt you in the end. This year I discovered just how much of a toll they take on your wellbeing. If you’re feeling stuck and quite literally sick and bothered, I hope you’ll get a chance to sit down and get real uncomfortable with those feelings so that you can work through them. Hopefully, you will find yourself so tired of having to carry this burden that you can finally forgive yourself, forgive others, and let it go.
  • Perfectionism, as Elizabeth Gilbert writes in her book Big Magic (one of my favourite reads this year), is the couture version of fear.
  • And finally, it’s always so much better to focus on your own shit and grow what you have, rather than wishing for more and neglecting your ready resources.

What did you learn this year?

Ultimately, we couldn’t have gotten through 2016 without your support. Thank you for your friendship, your orders, your lovely posts and comments – they keep us going.

What This Moment Holds

There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming.”

Shauna Niequiest

Preparing. Gathering. Detoxing.

Shedding old ideas and attitudes like a skin.

Catching myself when my mind starts to romanticise the past.

Telling myself to breathe when I start to hyperventilate about the future.

Letting go.

Editing out what I won’t be carrying into 2017.

Thought it would be good to get a head start…

Liberated

I’ll tell you what freedom is to me. No. Fear.”

– Nina Simone

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